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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·vent /ɪnˈvɛnt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·vent v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invented; p. pr. & vb. n. Inventing.]
 1. To come or light upon; to meet; to find. [Obs.]
 And vowed never to return again,
 Till him alive or dead she did invent.   --Spenser.
 2. To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; -- applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine.
    Thus first Necessity invented stools.   --Cowper.
 3. To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood.
    Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.   --Milton.
    He had invented some circumstances, and put the worst possible construction on others.   --Sir W. Scott.
 Syn: -- To discover; contrive; devise; frame; design; fabricate; concoct; elaborate. See Discover.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or
           priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to
           measure the speed of light" [syn: contrive, devise,
           excogitate, formulate, forge]
      2: make up something artificial or untrue [syn: fabricate, manufacture,
          cook up, make up]